Season 1950-51

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1st XV 1950-51 1st XV 1950-51

Bill Farren continued as captain, Jack Douglas his deputy, and for this season the Committee included a representation of the Extra A XV. Building on the favourable results of the previous season and reinforced by two "crafty" centres in the person of George Little and Lofty Hughes, who may have had a different baptismal name but if so it remained wrapped in secrecy.

Frank Kingwell and George Rhodes on the wings, Jack at stand off and the base of the scrum operated for the most part of the season by Tim Daly and when his health again failed Harold Page, the outsides were a menace to any opposition. In the pack Peter Blackburn a hefty, strongly built prop, Ron Garvey a more than useful hooker from the local RAF and Terry Jones another useful prop comprised the front row supported by a "frightening" 2nd row of Bernard Baker and Sid Davis.

A back row of Farren, Maunder and Wreford, not to mention full back Bill Palmer, a long striding and long kicking last line of defence, comprised a formidable side which was, deservedly, awarded the RIVE College Cup as a club affiliated to the Plymouth and District rugby Combination with the outstanding record. Of its first seventeen fixtures the team won 15 drew 1 and lost one (8-9), continuing into the New Year with a further 10 wins and 3 defeats. Totnes did the double 3-8 and 0-3 and the one blot on the record Salcombe 3-21. The final figures W24 L4 D1 328-83, leading scorers - Jack Douglas and George Rhodes 51 points, Frank Kingwell 42 and Tim Daly 31.

The A XV which included such strong Club characters as, in the forwards, Wiggy Bennett, Bob Griffiths and Bill Sugden and outside Hugh Stone, Bernard Dunne and Ken Pooley were little behind their seniors recording 23 wins and a draw in 28 starts scoring 443-80. In the Devon 7s the Club were a little too enthusiastic in revenging the previous year’s defeat by Bideford, on this occasion 16-3, so that, slightly breathless, they succumbed in the next round by a single point to Paignton. The Extra A XV completed 10 fixtures winning 6 losing 4, 88-91.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Bill Farren
  • Update To Centenary History: RNEC Cup winners
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